ReadAlameda: Alameda's Citywide Book Club


Alameda community members voted on three different potential selections for ReadAlameda, a Citywide book club. The results are in, and we look forward to reading Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi, with you. Or you can read the YA remix of the book, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.

How do I get a copy?

The Alameda Free Library has several copies available. Or you can find the title locally at Books Inc. and receive a 15% discount! If you are looking for an Audiobook, you can get a copy on Hoopla with your library card number, or on Audible or Kindle.

If it is a hardship to purchase a book but you'd like to participate, the Friends of the Alameda Library has generously donated copies that are available! Please complete this form or email Sarah Henry at to arrange getting a copy.

How do I learn more about this title?

Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism. In fact, racist thought is alive and well in America - more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, if we have any hope of grappling with this stark reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society. In shedding much-needed light on the murky history of racist ideas, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose them—and in the process, gives us reason to hope. Read more: 

Watch the authors discuss the book on the Daily Show here:

What's next?

Check back here for more information later this month. We will be posting dates for community led Zoom discussions and more.